Monday, May 31, 2010

RED, WHITE & BLUE TEA FOR TWO

Today was so pretty and busy but thought I would stop for a cup of tea and what better way to celebrate Memorial Day then with red, white & blue!
A simple tray with a $1 place mat
I like the flowers on these cups 
These were made in China and I found them at the thrift store last week.  They are in very good condition and may find their way to my Etsy store this week.
The little red teapot was found at Home Goods
The pretty white napkins are also thrifted

I am joining these parties...






Hope you enjoyed your tea! 

Always,
Linda

SEMPER FI

Happy Memorial Day! 

I want to take a moment and Honor all the service men and women who have served our country and are currently serving in all branches of the armed forces

I want to pay special Honor to one Special Marine

 SEMPER FI
I miss you Dad!!

Always,

Linda

Saturday, May 29, 2010

THRIFTY FINDS

Look at some of my Thrifty Finds this week!!
 

This has got to be my best find of the week! 
This Mirro-Matic Electric Percolator
With a cool Art Deco design and a Bakelite handle
Mr. ALC and I love coffee and have a collection of
very cool coffee pots!
I also found these goodies
Love these two plates Poppytrail by Metlox
"sculptured grape" pattern
A cute Pink pig spoon rest
Two tea cups, no makers mark
I haven't had time to research pattern yet
I think this is a Moderntone - Platonite footed sherbert
This cute little teapot was $1

I'm joining in a fun Linky party at 


Don't forget my Giveaway #5 ends June 3rd
Be sure to enter here

And a correction from my last post!
I posted this teacup and saucer as belonging together
THEY DON'T  Whoops!
The teacup belongs with this saucer!  
This pattern is New Century by Hazel Atlas 
This has rings and is a little different but still 
made by Hazel Atlas
for more information on "Little Hostess" tea sets
go here

Thanks for your visit!

Always,
Linda

Friday, May 28, 2010

PINK SATURDAY & SOME OF MY FAV THINGS

I am happy to be joining Beverly at How Sweet The Sound for her 2nd Birthday for PINK SATURDAY!  Such a fun party! 
 If you love PINK check it out!!!

I am also joining in with Laurie for 
A Few of my Favorite Things Saturday's
This is a really fun party!!!

 I love pink so here are some of my recent finds!
The mug I found at a thrift for less then $1 I think it is so pretty.
The heart shaped box with Rose was found on clearance at HomeGoods!!  The little canister was thrifted this week and I think will make it's way to my Etsy shop.
Very Shabby Chic!
This mug is perfect for me!
More Pinks!
This is a Little Hostess tea cup and saucer
I found the tea cup last year at the longest yard sale
and the matching saucer when I was in Texas in March
Do you like this little saucer?  I hope so it is going in the box of 
"My Favorite Things" for the last giveaway!  
I think this cute little collage will go in that box also
Of course I'm including a Blue Ridge saucer in 
"My Favorite Things"

The current giveway ($50 gift card to CSN)
ends on June 3rd so enter HERE
for that giveaway!

The "Favorite Things" giveaway will be the last one
Details posted on June 3rd 
Drawing on my 60th Birthday June 9th!
Thanks for joining me today!

Always,
Linda

Thursday, May 27, 2010

COUNTDOWN TO 60 GIVEAWAY #5

I am turning 60 in two weeks!  So here is giveaway #5
I know many of you are familier with CSN!  They offer the most fabulous merchandise in their on line stores.  You can buy most anything from speaker stands to teapots to fabulous cookware to shoes to furniture!
 CSN has offered one of my readers a $50 gift certificate to any of their 200 + websites.  Wow!  Now that is awesome! 
I must say Mr ALC would love some speaker stands but I would more then likely go for these wonderful items!
 I love dragonflies! 
Can you imagine my joy at having a set of these plates

And glasses.........ah tablescaping....

 Or I could dream really big and put this on my list
How gorgeous is this! 

One of you will get a chance to buy something fabulous from a CSN online store!   This must be limited to USA/Canada due to shipping.

Now to enter:

1)Leave a comment telling me what item from their fabulous store you would buy with your gift certificate!

2)  Leave another comment telling me you are a follower

3) Blog about this giveaway, come back and leave me a comment with your link 

That is pretty easy!  PLEASE leave separate comments for each!
 Mr. Random.org likes it better that way!  

I will announce the winner on Thursday June 3rd 

Always,
Linda

THE WINNER OF CHRISTMAS IN MAY IS.................


Thank you all for entering this giveaway....
Random number between 1 and 44

#25
Chickens in the Basement said... 25 I love these! I still have my sign on the front porch that says TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS... It's been up for a year and a half!

 Anna at Chickens in the Basement! 

Whoo Hoo!
Congrats Miss Anna!

Send me your address and I will get this out to you!
Check back later for giveaway #5!!

Always,
Linda

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

S IS FOR SOUTHERN POTTERY

I am joining Jenny Matlock for our weekly exploration of a letter of the Alphabet!   This week we are on the letter S

Southern Potteries, Inc


In Erwin, Tennessee back in 1916-17 a pottery works was created called Clinchfield Chinaware.  In 1920 the company was incorporated and called Southern Potteries, Inc.
Most of their pottery used decals for adornment but
in 1923 Charles W. Foreman purchased this company and introduced a new decorating technique.  It became so popular that in 1938 this became the main decorating technique
It was called hand paining under the glaze and became knows as
BLUE RIDGE POTTERY
This glorious hand painted china has many many patterns
over 5,000 have been counted so far
Southern Potteries never named these patterns
Today's collectors have started naming them and 
many books have different names for the same pattern
My first experience with Blue Ridge was a friend who had two plates displayed and I fell in love with the colors and hand painted designs.  I started looking in Antique Malls and found prices out of reach for my pocketbook.  However, chipped and damaged were considerably less and so I became a collector of chipped and cracked Blue Ridge China.  They found a home with me.
There are many different marks on these plates and many are not marked at all.  The shapes, colors and designs are easy to spot once you are familiar with them. 
Fruits and vegetables were popular designs
These two plates are "Country Fair" design 
with different color borders
They can range from simple sweet flowers
to elaborate patterns 
I have many pieces, few that match
I was lucky enough to find four plates of this pattern
"Chatham"
I thought being Thursday I would also do a small tablescape
using these plates
I used the green plates from last weeks thrifty finds as the charger
The blue ridge plate looks spectacular on it
I used these deep wine placemats
An old napkin with pretty details
Simple centerpiece of green ivy, small bird and a 
Blue Ridge sugar bowl 
I also added large light green wine glasses
More detail of the sugar bowl
(unknown pattern)
I believe in using my wonderful dishes!
I have two books on Blue Ridge China
It is so much fun to look through them and find a pattern you would love to have and then keep an eye out for it
Notice the name of this pattern on the bottom
I think I should have a piece of that don't you? 

Thanks for joining me as I share some of my pieces of Blue Ridge China.  Not all are flowers or fruits & veggies.  They did lots of Roosters and animals and well such a variety you could all find something you would love. 
I am also joining in these two parties along with Alphabe-Thursday


Vintage Thingie Thursday with Suzanne at




 and Susan over at
BETWEEN NAPS ON THE PORCH  with all the wonderful Tablescapes each Thursday!







If you would like to learn more about Blue Ridge Pottery there are many websites and lots of listings on Ebay and Etsy.

 Always,
Linda